Bitters rule is a hard one for readers to swallow
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A PUB in Victoria has taken the extraordinary step of banning children from drinking lemon, lime and bitters.
The Panton Hill Hotel – a familyfriendly country pub in Melbourne’s northeast – fears it may be penalised as tougher new alcohol rules come into effect across the state.
It means that pubs, bars and restaurants in Victoria are now banned from selling liquor to a minor for consumption on licensed premises under any circumstances.
Previously, children could consume alcohol on licensed premises while eating a meal if in the company of a parent or guardian.
The hotel’s duty manager, Lynda Hunter, said that, because the bitters component of lemon, lime and bitters was alcoholic, it was “too risky” to sell the popular drink to minors.
“It is to safeguard ourselves from a penalty,” she told the Herald Sun. – Ben Graham What do you think about this? Here’s what you said on Facebook. Karen Riddell – “This has been the rule for many years in pubs and clubs. I was once refused the drink for my then 10-year-old son as I didn’t realise there was alcohol in it. That was 13 years ago so the rule isn’t new.”
Andrew Johnson – “The bottle is 44 per cent but by the time you put 250300ml of lemonade plus ice with the three or four drops of bitters it’s not even 1 per cent.”
Bruce Hastie – “Lemon lime and bitters can be purchased from any soft drink isle in any supermarket... so it can’t be an alcoholic beverage or it would be illegal for them to sell it.”
Kevin Blundell – “You can get beer from Woolies that is 0.5 per cent!”
Kate Bradford – “I’m pretty sure the soft drink versions use a bitter flavouring, not actual bitters.”
Steven Macdonald – “The real stuff you get at pubs is very alcoholic but really it’s diluted with so much, why
does it matter.” Barb Zahnow – “The ones sold over the pub bar are different to the soft drink kind sold in supermarkets.” Tanya Denning – “We always get our daughter a lemon lime and bitters and no one has ever said anything. For the amount of bitters you get I can’t see the problem.”
Dominique Thurlow – “There would be more alcohol in orange juice, lol.”
Fiona Steer – “Certainly something to consider when you’re driving.”
Kirsten Bailey – “What about vanilla essence? I just checked the bottle in my cupboard and it is 35 per cent alcohol. Should we ban kids from having vanilla milkshakes too?
“And I guarantee I put a far more generous slug of vanilla in my smoothies than I do bitters in a lemon lime and bitters.” Katy Townson – “These numptys just want the free advertising with their ‘controversial’ descion.”
Simone Lowe – “The point is it’s alcoholic no matter the percentage and if it was my pub I would rather not serve it then to cop the fine that the liquor commission throws out or even lose my liquor licence.”
’TOO RISKY’: A pub fears it may be penalised as tougher new alcohol rules come into effect.